If cloud security is your responsibility, you pride yourself in staying ahead of the curve. Attackers are one issue, but there are plenty of other hurdles to jump over, including misconfigurations and human error.
However, if you’ve been at the game long enough, there are probably some methods around managing cloud security that no longer work in today’s automated, I-need-it-yesterday world of information technology. If any of the following ways of cloud security management are part of your day-to-day activities, it’s time to rethink how you’re approaching a critical part of your business.
Endless spreadsheets. Who doesn’t love a good spreadsheet? The truth is, traditional cloud management requires analyzing multiple tabs of data on multiple spreadsheets. Not only can this make your eyes hurt from all the squinting, but it’s awfully cumbersome and there are better, more time-efficient ways to get the job done.
Manually identifying and notifying resource owners to take action. You love your end users and those who are responsible for your cloud resources. But, with the sheer number of disparate departments and resource owners across an enterprise, it’s a lot of work if you have to manually identify and reach out to them to take actions around security. Like with the spreadsheets, you have better things to do.
Security challenges. SecOps has a huge job. They have to keep shadow IT from causing big problems, keep VMs from becoming zombies that can wreak havoc on an environment and maintain governance standards for users. And that’s to say nothing of the external threats every organization faces.
Additional tools needed for compliance. Traditional tools don’t provide the capabilities you need for comprehensive compliance. It’s an even bigger pain when you need additional tools because you need integrations for required standards.
These are limiting factors for cloud security management platforms that put your entire organization at risk. If you don’t have visibility or clarity in your strategy around cloud security, it means you’re stuck doing things the old way.